Auction 130A

Schools of Design
Highlight Auction

06. December 2016 at 5:00 PM CEST


Quittenbaum finished a very successful year 2016 with a cross section through the 20th century, offering important pieces of furniture and lighting design from the most renowned design centers of Europe. 55% of the 200 lots were sold on the day of the auction. High increases provided more than 100% of the upper estimate.

Objects from Vienna, Weimar and from the Bauhaus era were highly popular with bidders in the room and on the telephones. Josef Hoffmann's 'Sitzmaschine' reached its upper estimate of €14,000, the Viennese Art Nouveau artist's ring was knocked down at €21,000. The individual parts of Henry van de Velde's 'Whiplash' service experienced the highest uplift. Divided into eleven lots, it surpassed its upper tax of €70,000 by far, reaching €160,000. A bidder on the floor allowed €40,000 (with fees) for the sauceboat, which had been called up at €9,000; the lidded tureen affirmed its estimate at €26,000.

Marcel Breuer's wooden-slat chair is among the highlights of the Bauhaus selection. A German bidder secured it for himself at €44,000 (with fees). Theodor Bogler's tea extract pot was hammered down at €27,000 after a heated battle and the Bauhaus chess set sold very successfully as well. The cubistic dining room ensemble from Prague, with its poignant colors and shapes, received the highest hammer price at €60,000 (with fees) from an US-American collector.

The Finnish designers received a high sales quota as well. All their lighting designs were sold. The price for Alvar Aalto's armchair with green and red staining, 1932, climbed from €4,000 to €11,000. A pair of 'Tank' chairs were hammered down at €18,000.